Thompson School District

Podcasts of Nancy as Guest Host on The Stacy Petty Show 1310KFKA

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On October 15th and 16th I filled in for Stacy so she could attend her son’s wedding. Here are the podcasts: October 15th 1st Hour – Importance of public education October 15th 2nd Hour – Importance of public education October 16th 1st Hour – Sherrie Peif update on University H.S. October 16th 2nd Hour – … read more

Search the latest TSD Employee data & Checkbook Spending

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The updated TSD Employee Database search tool is updated and you can now search by: Update Field:  This is date the district provided the data in response to our open records request.  The May 21, 2015 is the most current update and you can also look at the staffing as of prior dates. Location:  Select… read more

You & I Create Respect – With or Without a Contract

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Negotiations this year had a new wrinkle: The passing of Prop 104 (70% of voters said yes). This new law means all discussions relating to district-union negotiations had to be conducted in public. It also means that boards can no longer go into executive session to discuss contract issues or strategy, and that actual negotiations… read more

Critical thinking plays key role in society, Dr. Paul Bankes

Dr. Paul Bankes who is a former principal and Executive Director in Thompson School District, has written an excellent guest column for the Reporter Herald about what he sees as the issues in public education and how applying concepts of critical thinking can help. We encourage all of you to attend the Breaking Bread Potluck… read more

Another Great Breaking Bread Potluck!

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Lot’s of good discussion surrounding testing as well as a discussion on merit pay (pay for performance). This time we had current and former teachers who brought a lot to the discussion as well as some new parents who shared concerns about the current system. We appreciate everyone who attended the discussion and as always… read more

Enough! Sometimes a Retreat is just a Retreat….

While the new year for the school board has started off a little bumpy, we still remain optimistic that the seven members will choose to put aside past disputes and focus on working together. We understand following the rules and adhering to policy is important, but can’t the board members help each other instead of… read more

Breaking Bread Potluck – Great Food & Yes even better Discussions!!

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When we first came up with the idea of having a “Breaking Bread Potluck”, we had no idea what the outcome would be. We are very happy to say that the first potluck was a success! In spite of last minute cancellations, there were 24 in attendance which included one principal and one teacher and… read more

Common Ground Does Exist IF We Listen To Each Other!

It is unfortunate that the opportunities to discover issues we agree on are missed because the “noise” of the school board bickering drowns out the ability for any of us to actually listen to each other. The guest column published today (8/13/2014) in the Reporter Herald, was written by Pam Howard who is a current… read more

Montagu, Ward & Howard display contempt for the Law & Derail 1st TSD Board Meeting

We had such high hopes for the start of the new school year and in fact we debated over whether or not we even need to attend the first board of education meeting tonight.  The agenda had five items of which four were for standard operating items that while “normal” are also critical such as… read more